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The 400 Blows(Les Quatre Cents Coups)

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France · 1959
1h 39m
Director François Truffaut
Starring Jean-Pierre Léaud, Claire Maurier, Albert Rémy, Georges Flamant
Genre Drama

This semi-autobiographical coming of age story follows Antoine Doinel, a troubled young boy growing up in Paris. Neglected and misunderstood by the adults around him, he steals, skips school, and frequently runs away from home. When one of his schemes backfires, he lands himself in trouble with the law.

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This coming-of-age French New Wave movie is incredibly moving. The French new Wave was an innovative and important movement in film history, but even outside of that context this movie is uniquely affecting. Its style is beautiful and charming, and it chooses the perfect scenes and shot to help you understand the main character. It also has maybe the most memorable final shot I've ever seen.

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